Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Christmas In A Mason Jar???

Hello everyone! Today, I'm showing you my 'favorite' Christmas project that I made on the retreat, and the one I am most excited about. It involves drilling through glass, something I was a little timid about, but it was all good and really easy to do. I hope you enjoy, and thanks so much for all the comments lately! Note: The pictures were a little dark taken at the retreat, and I already gave one away, so I've taken more photos, so you are getting a miss mash...sorry...and a whole lot, so grab a cup of hot chocolate!
These were the original three I made, but I gave the red and green away already, and couldn't retake photos with it, so I am very sorry for the bad photo. They are made with lots of Idea-ology goodies.
These two I have not given away yet, and I think I will keep one!
Drilling through glass is not hard at all, a little scary at first, but really just time consuming. You must have all the proper tools...the correct bit, drill, goggles, water, and a towel. Drill outside near a water hose to make it easier, and place the glass on a towel. Keep water on the glass and drill bit at all times to keep it from getting hot. Angle the bit at first to make a little notch to place the bit in to keep it from slipping, and DO NOT put too much weight on the drill...just go slowly and let it do it's thing. It takes about 5 minutes to drill through each one of Tim's Mason Jars, so have patience.
This is the special diamond tipped drill bit to drill in the glass. There are several videos on youtube to watch if you are scared to do it, and I've linked one I liked the best.
Here are all three Mason Jars with holes on the bottom. You can see the little glass chunks I drilled out on the bottom left. I didn't break a one!!!
The base of the piece is a corrugated food container I found at the grocery. I misted them with Distress Spray Stain, and made a hole at the top center. Then I laced the battery operated lights through the hole in the base first and then up through the Mason Jars. I glued the base to the jar, and the battery pack is underneath the base strapped on with velcro. See pic below as well.
Once base was adhered to the jar, I filled it with glittered and mercury glass ornament balls, while winding the lights all around them for evenness and balance of the lights. Then I screwed on the lid. So easy!
I painted the Letterpress with Distress Paint.
When dry I stamped on them with Ranger Archival and an old Tim Stamper's Anonymous Christmas Sheet Music image. I screwed in a Screw Eye into each first letter to be able to hang the Facet. I also use a craft pick to make a hole on top of each first letter for the Memo Pin to go in.
I misted all the trees with Distress Spray Stain, let them dry, and then glued everything into place on the top of the jar lids.
I used Alcohol Ink to color in the Facets, then stamped the '25' on them with Jet Black from that awesome Christmas Ticket. Then I coated the '25' with Glossy Accents to make it really stand out.
I stamped the Sparkles on the Kraft in Watermark Resist, and then the sentiment in Jet Black. I cut those out banner style, and fish tailed the ends, then added Platinum Stickles. The photos were inked and stamped on, and then I added the new Gilded Holidays Remnant Rubs to them.
I cut off the charm hole on the Snowflakes and glued them onto the Memo Pins, and also used two sided tape to adhere the ribbon around the jar.
This one is my favorite!
Tim's Mini Mason Jars can be used for a zillion things, and I love the smaller size. They still can hold a whole lot of loot too. Gotta love that! 
I have two more Christmas projects to show you in the upcoming week, so please stay tuned. Thanks again everyone!!!


I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Anita these are Amazing!! I love the vintage feel! So cute!!

  2. Anita,these projects are outstanding.Each jar is as beautiful as the other one.
    What a fantastic idea.I can see it even personal with pictures of family members.
    The colors the look and feel,I just love looking at it.

  3. Oh my good grief Anita, these are amazing!!! I can't believe you had the patience to drill holes in those jars, bravo to you for that! I love the arrangement on words on the top and the stunning little ornaments inside the jars! What a fabulous idea for a Christmas decoration, these will just light up any area where you set them!!

    You should really enter these into our challenge this month at Anything But Cute, they are so perfect for our "It's Ornamental" theme! hugs :)

  4. Wow! These are beautiful! I love how you did the letterpress letters! Love love love! They are so creative and festive. :)

  5. These are simply fabulous! I LOVE them!

  6. I could just squeeze you to bits, you freaking holiday creative genius, you!!! Here I thought I was having fun with mason jars, but pffft.....nothing compared to you! These are AWESOME!!!!! OMG...loved the tutorial and now I'm antsy to watch The Christmas Story because that little boy's picture reminds me of Ralphy. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!
    Virtual high five and bowing and applauding and lovey stuff like that,
    Lisa x

  7. Omg, thes are fabulous, I must make myself one. Where did you find the little battery operated lights? Pinning!!!

    1. I found them at the 'local'...lol...craft store. They come in all shapes and lengths, and are about $9 per strand I think.

  8. Oh my goodness! You could totally sell these all day long at a craft fair! Really remarkable! Tim should take note! ;0

  9. Wow!!! How stunning are these?! I love them Anita! xxx

  10. Oh I just love coming over to your blog! Anita, these mason jars are incredible and so creatively festive! Love them! You need to share a picture with us of your Christmas living room! Seriously! Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. Great project, so inspiring and festive!

  12. These are so cute!! I cannot believe how adorable they are. Makes me want to jump up and give it a try!!!! LOVE it!!

  13. Totally brilliant Anita! Really love them and all your gorgeous, incredible details. Huge kudos for drilling glass, persevering for 5 minutes and not breaking any!!!! Nicola x

  14. oh my freakin frackin' soul!!!!! you are so creative and brave!!!! i have never even thought about drilling glass but you make me want to try just to make one of these!! i was going to say i love the CHEERS one best but then i saw the next two and well holy moly i love them all!!!! you so inspire me my friend!!!

  15. Anita! These jars are fabulous! Such cool Christmas gifts they make!! Did you use a special drill bit for the glass? Very very festive- I love them!
    Jackie xx

  16. Totally inspired and inspiring... what fantastic Christmas ornaments. I'm with you on the favourite - such perfect neutrals, my favourite Christmas colour palette - and I definitely think you should keep it for yourself. So impressed with your bravery drilling the glass - sounds very scary! And I love the stamped detailing on the Letterpress letters - such a cool idea. So many cool ideas, in fact - an amazing tutorial and a glorious post.
    Alison xx

  17. Oh my gosh Anita, I LOVE these! Gorgeous with the lights intertwined with the baubles and love the layered letter press sentiments surrounded by the dyed trees. What a lovely Christmas project, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo


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